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Gardening Australia Dec-18

Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

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Some of the most cherished plants in my garden are not my favourite plants per se, but the ones that came in as gifts. How thrilling is it when someone shows up with a plant that they have bothered to strike for you, and pot up, and nurture to the point of gift giving? I can’t think of a better present this Christmas... so this issue is all about plants, plants and more plants! We kick off with hydrangeas. Like Christmas tree decorations, which have moved way beyond the bauble, hydrangeas have had quite a makeover in recent years. Turn to page 14 for a run-down on modern varieties and where they’ve come from. We know there are more in the pipeline, too… something to look forward to! For a special Christmas…

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There are three new kniphofias on the market. The unusual Kniphofia rufa ‘Rasta’ (left) has foliage that grows to 1m tall and 50cm wide with lime green and pink shaggy, pendulous tubular flowers that are coral-red in bud and just over 1m tall so they peek through the foliage. Two new dwarf forms that are K. linearifolia crosses are K. ‘Scorched Corn’ (below left) and K. ‘Sweet Corn’ (below right). ‘Scorched Corn’ has tightly packed, greenish-white buds, which open to burnt-orange flowers that fade to beige then cream on 1.5m flower stems. The foliage grows to 50cm tall and 60cm wide. ‘Sweet Corn’ has butter-yellow flower spears, tight in bud, on a cylindrical flower stem rising to 60cm. Its foliage grows to 50cm tall and 40cm wide. Once established, Kniphofia spp.…

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Give indoor plants an adventurous edge by potting them in a quirky ceramic Plantosaurus Planter from Bitten. This herbivore may even save your plant from extinction, with its glazed interior that helps to retain moisture. Ideal for cacti, succulents and trailing plants, it is a conversation piece for the home. Other planters available from Bitten are a short, squat Tricerapot with horns, and T-Rex, standing on its hind legs and bearing its claws. isgift.com Stylish Burgon & Ball Chrysanthemum Gloves feature beautiful chrysanthemum artwork from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, which holds collections of historic botanical art. The gloves are soft and durable, with padded palms for comfort and protection from sharp objects, and gathering around the wrists to help keep out dirt and critters. Also available in the crysanthemum…

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GARDEN LOVE: PLANTS, DOGS, COUNTRY GARDENS Simon Griffi ths Thames & Hudson Lifestyle photographer Simon Griffiths unites his special areas of interest, garden photography and plants, in this book featuring 20 of his favourite Australian country-style gardens. Hard work, failures and advice from friends and neighbours resulted in his own thriving garden after he and his partner exchanged a small house in Melbourne for a cottage with a potential garden and room for their dog, within an hour’s drive from the city. Simon shares his own and fellow gardeners’ wisdom and stories, and interweaves them among a variety of colourful and lush garden images. HABITAT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CREATING A WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY AUSTRALIAN GARDEN AB Bishop Murdoch Books Gardens are not just about plants – regardless of size, they can be ecosystems of interacting flora…

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VICTORIA 29 Nov– 16 Dec Return Art Show Thur–Sun 11am–5pm (Thur 29th 6–9pm). Tinning Street Presents, Lot 5, 29 Tinning St, Brunswick. 0468 419 732. Free. Art exhibition of painting and installation work by Felicity Gordon responding to nature’s seasonal adaptations in a warming climate. 8 Green at Kathleen: Seed and Plant Swap 10–11am. Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday St, Carlton. (03) 9658 7300. Free. Trade your seeds, plants, worm tea, worms and compost with other food gardeners, and swap tips with fellow green thumbs over a cuppa. TASMANIA 7 – 8 Niche Christmas Market Fri 2–7pm, Sat 8am–3pm. Albert Hall, 47 Tamar St, Launceston. (03) 6345 7333. Free. European-style market with artisan goods by Tasmanian designers and artists. ACT Saturdays throughout December Koalas in the Canopy 2.45–3.15pm. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Paddys River. Meet at the Koala Enclosure in the…

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new-look hydrangeas

Yes, these are hydrangeas and they’ve had something of a makeover! Those cute double flowers, repeat bloomers and plants that are compact enough to grow in containers are the face of a new generation of an old favourite. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) is native to Japan, and that’s where some exciting new breeding work has been taking place. Breeding has also been underway in the US for several decades, and it was there that the modern hydrangea revolution really kicked off. Back in 2004, Michael Dirr of Michael Dirr’s Plants introduced the first of the Endless Summer collection of hydrangeas, which flower on new growth, meaning they keep flowering through summer and into autumn. Gardeners in the US welcomed these repeat-flowering plants with open arms, and they were soon available in Australia. By…